After realizing my family lives in a food desert, I began a little garden. I quickly realized the need to teach others how to use their inner city spaces to grow their own foods. I also pressure can and preserve most of my harvest.
— Whitney Powers
Reporting at Louisville Business First, Michael L. Jones explains why Whitney Powers relocated her Garden Girl Foods from Old Louisville to the Louisville Central Community Centers in Russell (1300 W Muhammad Ali, Suite 128).
Garden Girl Foods has a 2,000-square-foot kitchen in the center that it uses to cook for its daily buffet, prepared meals and salad bar. The business also has a separate 1,500-square-foot storefront where it sells canned produce.
The store was previously located on West Oak Street in Old Louisville, in a space previously occupied by the Chili Bowl restaurant. Owner Whitney Powers said she had to leave the Old Louisville location in December 2021, after less than a year in operation, because of issues she was having with the building.
The new location was up and running in March, and the grand opening took place on Thursday, May 26.
Powers learned how to grow food at a young age coming from a long line of farmers. Her great-grandfather owned several acres that she helped farm alongside her family. She started Garden Girl Foods by selling canned produce at Logan Street Market in April 2020.
Powers said her new location at LCCC is the perfect fit for her because the Russell neighborhood is a food desert in need of healthy options.
Garden Girl Foods (Facebook page) is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.